PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit

$39.95

Product code: IF213-028

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PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit

$39.95

Product code: IF213-028

Product Overview

Get your dead PS3 gaming again.

  • All the bits and pieces to fix a Yellow Light'd PS3 (Not PS3 Slims).
  • Designed by our Teardown Techs.
  • Not a guaranteed fix for a Yellow Light PS3, yet this is the best solution short of a full replacement.
  • International option available for non-US customers—we can't ship heat guns out of the country.
  • No Tools option includes enough replacement thermal pads and compound for five YLOD repairs.

Kit Contents:

Compatibility

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  • All Sony PlayStation 3 models (excluding PlayStation 3 Slim)

Product Details

$39.95 US Only

 

US Only:

This product only ships to US addresses

Condition:

New

Notes:

Due to voltage requirements and shipping issues this product is only available for shipment to customers in the United States. International orders will be cancelled.

$24.95 International

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

This option does not include a heat gun. A heat gun is necessary for successfully repairing the YLoD.

$49.95 No Tools / 5-Pack

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

Fix your friends' PS3s, or start your own repair business! Kit includes materials to preform 5 YLOD repairs. Does not include tools. This item is for customers who have already purchased one YLOD kit with tools.

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Stories

My Problem

I got the Yellow Light of Death on my 60gb reverse compatible PS3 with a disk of Fallout 3 stuck in it. It started just crashing after 20 minutes, then 10 minutes, then would not turn on. It would just beep with a green light, turn to yellow, then flash red for 5 minutes.

My Fix

I got it all disassembled using the IFixit video before the kit arrived. Total of an hourand a half. The video could use a little more step by step for beginners, but the written guide mostly filled in the gaps. Also used some other videos. This took about another hour. Stripped the head of the very last motherboard screw and needed to cut a groove using a hack saw to get the crossthreading to release. But overall, very happy with IFixit.

My Advice

It should also be said that you should clean extensively while you are in there-dust helped cause the problem, so there should be some direction on how to clean it out. Be careful cleaning with paper towel or Qtips -they can leave fuzz behind or get caught on solder. Qtip with a little strong alcohol worked well. STRONGLY SUGGEST not using microfiber clothes as they create static and get caught on everything. Draw a map to ID where each screw goes-I ended up with 2 extra ones, but it works, so w/e.

My Problem

Because its the launch ps3 and backwards compatible it also had a game stuck in it.

My Fix

The repair was pretty easy seeing as how before I bought your kit I bought one off eBay but then another problem came up the fan would go max speed and shut off but it was an easy fix.

My Advice

This is possible to fix just be patient and find good YouTube videos watch several to get an idea what worked for one person might nit work for you each system is different even with the same problem some need a little more tlc.

My Problem

Me and the wife were getting ready to watch a DVD when the machine thought it was time to die. This is an original PS3 so I wasn't ready for it to go.

My Fix

I followed this sites YLOD guide and it went extremly smooth and easy. It took me around 2-3 hours total but that is because I was inspecting everything while cleaning the dust off of an eight year collection. When it can time to fix the motherboard, that was the only time I was nervous. I did take another fixit users suggestion of using the oven first (heat the oven to 250 degrees celsius, shutting off the oven and putting the motherboard inside for 7 minutes). Most people suggested using a heat gun on a setting of 250 degrees celsius. I did have access to a heat gun with two settings. The coldest being over 500 degrees celcius. So I heated the CPU and GPU for 7 seconds or so shorter then suggested. Put it all back together and wasn't expecting it to work, but it started up fine and is working. Oh, I also switched out the power supply with the cooler running model.

My Advice

Just take your time, separate the screws into muffin tins and follow this guide and everything should work fine. Only time will tell how long this fix will last though. But getting anything extra out of it now is a bonus to me.

My Problem

My Son's PS3 had multiple problems. First the power supply would not provide any 12V output so I replace that. The unit would then power on but the DVD would not respond at all, the motors would not even attempt to run. My Son informed me that his 9 year old Son had tried to force a disc into the unit and most likely damaged the DVD player. I ordered a new DVD player and replaced it. Now the DVD would attempt to load a disc but then the PS3 would go to the YLOD.

My Fix

Google led me to the IFIXIT website where I found that a solder reflow under the CPU's on the motherboard most likely would cure this. I am a retired electronics Broadcast Television Service Engineer but did not have the parts or heat gun to complete the job. I ordered the kit and followed the step by step instructions in their repair guide and completed the successful repair in about 35 minutes (most of this was cooling time). Thank you IFIXIT for having the parts and tools needed at a reasonable price and shipping the kit quickly. My Son and Granddaughter are now delighted that I was able to resurrect the PS3.

My Advice

For those who aren't repair professionals try using colored highlighter pens to mark the heads of the screws and around the hole they go into. All screws of the same type and size with one color and each different type and size with a different color. This will help greatly with reassembly and help eliminate confusion about where each screw came from.

My Problem

Would turn on but would get the YLOD and go no further.

My Fix

Tried following them disassembly guide but most of the pictures were different. Was a computer repairman before retiring so I read on in the instructions and got the jist of what to do..

Finished the repair and powered up--Worked fine and my grandson is fully satisfied with the repair.

My Advice

Tried to download manuals from your site but could not get what I wanted so I called my 11 year old grandson and he filled me in on what to do to check out the results of the repair

My Problem

PS3 YLOD - finally decided it was worth a shot, as I had a couple of games that I wanted to re-play, and Netflix was calling

My Fix

Teardown went OK. My very old model was slightly different from the pictures, but not critically. Had to re-assemble a couple of times to re-seat the ribbon connectors; my first time messing with that style. (And I missed the connector under the WiFi board pulling out entirely the first time)

My Advice

Overall, blah. PS3 worked well enough to spend a couple of hours downloading the latest patches to GTAV, and then died unrecoverably about 6 minutes into a game.

My Problem

So i can play games.

My Fix

Ifixit kit helped and youtube videos.

My Advice

I would say take pictures with your phone. somme screws have specific sizes . I would also say read the whole thing once and watch a video once and then do it step by step. Also MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE THE OLD HEAT TRANSFER PADS B4 YOU ADD THE NEW ONES. THEY TEND TO STICK TO THE MOTHERBOARD AND YOU MIGHT MISS THEM AND PUT THEM BACK ON TOP OF THE NEW HEAT PADS. This is what happened to me so i had to reopen but it was fixable.

My Problem

Somewhere between lazy parenting and my children preferring air conditioning to the hot sun, my PS3 logged a lot of play-time in a hot upstairs room in the dog days of summer. As a result, solder cracked, and I got the dreaded Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) on my first-gen (bulky) PS3, 8 years after I bought it.

My Fix

The difficulty rating on iFixit was right: it was Difficult! They estimated 1 hour, it took me 5. I was very slow and methodical, making sure to do everything right. I was frustrated that iFixit's text guides didn't always match the video guide. For example, I was told in the video to spread the thermal paste using the hard plastic card that came in the kit. In text guides on how to spread the paste, however, I was told to put plastic wrap over my finger and spread with my finger. I found that the latter was an absolute fail: whenever you pull your finger away, you're gonna bring some paste with you, so you don't get an even spread EVER. Gotta go with the card.

Also, "follow the steps in reverse" to reassemble a totally torn-down PS3 is not helpful. I mean, for the most part it's fine, but good luck putting the plastic top cover (not the "smart cover," the one just under it). It's gonna take awhile, there are dozens of spots that have to line up.

My Advice

Don't stray from the guidance with the heat gun. I have friends who have permanently destroyed their PS3s and Xbox 360s by blasting that heat gun on high, or getting too close for too long, or not waiting to let the board cool on a level surface. Also, definitely get a tray of some kind for all those screws.

As for putting that top cover back on, start at the front, angled to get those plastic brackets to line up with the bottom front. As you lower the case, make sure the left and right sides are all parallel. You have to make sure you clear the memory card and bluray areas, and then push back a bit and close at the rear.

My Problem

Ylod. And over heating like a madman. This is an og 60 fat. Have had it since they came out and got it as a gift. It has so much content on it its not even funny. Swapped out the hdd years ago (like 8) run a 750g hdd so its holding up fine. Until I took it apart one day in June to blow it out. Never ran solid again. That's when I thought of your site. I've read your teardowns on cell phones for years ( another passion of mine to take apart and repair). Low and behold you had not only a walkthrough, which I used to clean my ps3, but a repair kit. The rest is history!!

My Fix

Thanks to taking it apart using your walkthrough already numerous times, once the kit arrived the actual repair was a cake walk. Took less then 35 minutes soup to nuts. Plugged it in and legit its super quiet. Like almost new quiet. Couldn't be happier! And now I can continue my love for games with my 6 year old daughter. She and I still play it on rainy days and can do so now thanks to your help!!!

My Advice

Taking things apart is honestly common sense. I have always taken things apart. Just do not let it intimidate you. It's only plactis and metal. Since its already broken anyway you should be calm when you try to fix or see what's wrong with it. Have a good work space first. Arrange each part in order of removal, especially SCREWS. Laying them out like they were removed is a great way to NOT get confused. Take your time and don't rush. Read the walkthrough or teardown or watch the YouTube video multiple times. Most important? Have a blast! Your taking your things into your own hands to fix and get them working better! How much more fun could life be?!?!

My Problem

Discarded PS3 was given to a neighbor who gave it to me when he realized it would not boot up and there was no hard drive in it. A little research led me to iFixIt's walk-through, and I knew there really wasn't much to lose. For less than the cost of a new PS3, this old boy is up and running again.

My Fix

The vents on the exterior of the console were dirty, even fuzzy, so I knew gloves would be a good idea. Not that I DID put any gloves on, but it would have been good. Tear-downs are NEVER as clean as the demo video.

Keeping track of what screws went to which component was a challenge; label those screws!

Pulling off the case was easy. Lots of dust bunnies already. Plus, that really fine dust, tainting everything that brushes against it (why oh why didn't I get some gloves??).

Disc reader pulled out easily, no ribbon or connection damage. First spider corpse found in the fold of the cable. Joyous.

First board pulled up to access the power supply screws it was above. Second, third, and fourth spider corpse found. GLO-O-O-OVES!!

Power supply pulled up and away to the sound like that of very old tape pulled from glass. The sound was not tape, but an elaborate network of spider web (petrified? Does web petrify??) between the power supply and motherboard. Another corpse is here. Not sure if I want to go back to ask where, exactly, this console was kept.

Looked up Haz-Mat responders in the phone book, just in case. Mysteriously, there are none around here.

Pulled the motherboard/fan assembly out. Heat sink appears surprisingly clean, not clogged up that I can see.

Removed the fan.

-so. many. corpses.-

Leave the project for a day and stand at the sink, scrubbing with only the hot tap running. I keep scrubbing but my hands won't come clean.

PUT ON GLOVES to continue with the horror.

The mobo is in fair shape, late second gen CECHE01 model COK-002 (hooray, PS2 compatibility)

The heat pads are all in awful shape, chipped the pieces off of the tertiary chips (saved two very thin strips not in the kit) and cleaned the precious little thermal paste from the CPU/GPU and heat sink (looks to have mostly boiled away, really)

Heated up the motherboard to flow the solder again & let it cool off.

Reapplied the two thin strips and added the rest of the new pads, applied a quarter-inch thick layer of thermal paste to the CPU and GPU (*no* I did not put that much on - sarcasm!) and reassembled the box.

I had doubled the size of the hard drive from original to be 160G, and downloaded the latest fw from Sony to have on a USB to ensure it's up to date.

Powered it on, and heard a nice tune come from the speakers. All has been well, and my concern about the fan possibly not working after its de-corpsification was happily wrong. It spun up quietly and freely.

My Advice

GLOVES. Also, the heat gun provided worked incredibly well, but I would recommend taking it outside to run it for a few minutes before using it on the motherboard. It needs a burn-in moment to clear out the stink of assembly (run on level 1 setting for ten minutes ought to do).